The Contours

 

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Van links naar rechts, Hugh Davis, Hubert Johnson,
Billy Gordon, Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea and Sylvester
Potts

 

Image The road to Motown recording contract was a rough one for The Contours. Following a three-song audition in 1959, Berry Gordy wasn't very impressed with them and sent them on their way. Hubert Johnson, one of the original members of the group, thought his cousin, Jackie Wilson, might be able to help with some much-needed advice. Wilson, a rock and roll legend by this time, asked the group to perform some of their material for him. Once he was satisfied, Wilson called his old friend Gordy back at the Motown offices. The very next day, The Contours had a seven-year recording contract with the label. In the summer of 1962, The Contours hit the jackpot with the Berry Gordy penned classic, "Do You Love Me?".  This tune became the No. 2 record in the nation as well as the group's first gold record. 

The ensuing  years brought forth such Contours' hits as "Shakie Sherrie," "Can You Do It?," "Can You Jerk Like Me?," "Just a Little Misunderstanding" and "First I Look At The Purse."

Today, under the leadership of original members Joe Billingslea and Sylvester Potts, The Contours are center stage once again. Their high-energy Motown show encompasses all of the spirit that made those wonderful Motown Revues so popular back in the 60's. Their material highlights all of the huge hits that came out of Motown during the 60's and 70's from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, and of course, all of The Contours' great classics.




Image Much of the resurgence in The Contours' popularity has to do with the 1988 Academy Award-winning film, "Dirty Dancing." Their hit "Do You Love Me?" was featured in the film and became so popular that it gave birth to an international tour entitled "The Dirty Dancing Tour" starring The Contours, Bill Medley, Merry Clayton and Eric Carmen. That tour lasted ten months and played to more than ten million fans in eight countries before ceasing production.
Today, the group offers a "full Motown Revue," singing their own hits as well as other favorites originally done by The Temptations and others. The Contours play a 90-minute show with their five-piece backup band, The Counterplay.